Train journey from the South crosses Morecambe Bay on two viaducts. A beautiful thrilling train journey, one of England's best.The main road in the town is the A590 which leads to the M6 motorway at junction 36. Trains run to Barrow from Carlisle, Manchester and Liverpool.
The town centre is easily accessible on foot from the train station. Regular bus services run throughout the town, covering most areas.
The former has magnificent views over the Duddon Estuary and Western Lakeland fells. One of the finest views in England. It also has a fine unspoilt beach that stretches for a couple of miles, sandhills and nature reserve. Walney Island also has impressive views and sandy beaches. At the southern end is a bird sanctuary - the largest herring and black-backed gull colony in Europe, and a light house. To the north is another nature reserve - home to the endangered natterjack toad, and a sandhill system. Although there is nothing there that acknowledges this, the geographical location of Walney Island is the same as part of the fictional Island of Sodor - home to Thomas the Tank Engine.
Portland Walk in Barrow town centre hosts a range of shops, most of them branches of a national chain. The Body Shop has recently opened, as has a large New Look store. Other shops include Debenhams, Marks&Spencer, Topshop, Evans, Game, WHSmith, JJB Sports and Clarks. Barrow also has Tesco, Morrison's and an ASDA. For more interesting purchases, it is probably better to visit Ulverston.
Pies. Local delicacy baked on premises at local outlets
Drinking in Barrow is a very northern (English) experience, it contains a wide variety of pubs bars and restaurants, catering to most tastes, and is generally cheap compared to UK standards. In the town centre there is a Weatherspoons and a Yates, as well as other local pubs that serve good quality pub food. You can also find excellent chinese restaurants, some of a buffet style, where you pay a set fee, usually £5 to £8 to eat all you like. Night life is Barrow is centred around Cornwallis street (adjacent to the town hall) where most of the music pubs and night clubs are situated, most, but not all, charge an entrance fee to a maximum of £5 and the main night club (Club M) at the end of the street is open till 5am. All other clubs on the street are open till 3am. It can get very lively in the early hours of the morning at weekends when locals and out-of-town contractors (usually Scottish) mix, although fighting does happen, it's a lot rarer than it once was, the street no longer justifies its name "the Gaza strip" which locals still use to identify the street. It is now more than likely that you will have a trouble free night, provided you don't cause it yourself!! On the whole it's possible to have a good night on a relatively small budget, and meet people from all over the UK and the Canadian navy who are working in the town's world renowned shipyard, you will find the locals on the whole friendly and warm and will easily talk to strangers (unlike in London and the South East) especially after a few drinks!
High End Accommodation - N/A
Mid-range Accommodation - Abbey House Hotel, Duke of Edinburgh Hotel
Budget Accommodation - Travelodge